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Children's Book Writing Faculty
Mary Anderson is the author of 29 books for young people published by Atheneum, Four Winds, Delacorte, Avon, Dell, and Harcourt. She is a Sequoia Book Award nominee, a Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award nominee, a South Carolina Young Adult Book Award nominee, an American Library Association Best Book of the Year nominee, and three of her books have been included in the New York Public Library's list of Best Books of the Year. She has taught for Teachers and Writers Collaborative and for the Women's Writing Guild at Skidmore College.
Nora Raleigh Baskin is the author of the middle grade novels What Every Girl (except me) Knows, Almost Home (Little, Brown and Company), Basketball (or Something Like It), In the Company of Crazies (HarperCollins), and The Truth About My Bat Mitzvah and Runt (Simon & Schuster), as well as the YA novels Subway Love, Surfacing, All We Know Of Love (Candlewick), Anything But Typical, and The Summer Before Boys (Simon & Schuster). She has also published short stories and personal essays in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and The Writer. She has taught at the Writers Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY. She holds a BA from SUNY Purchase.
Matthew Cody is the author of the middle grade novels Powerless and The Dead Gentleman (both Knopf), and he has published pieces in McSweeney’s and Opium Magazine. He has taught at Laguardia Community College. He holds a BFA from Webster University and an MFA in Theater from the University of Alabama.
Jackie Glasthal is the author of the middle grade novel Liberty on Twenty Third Street (Silver Moon Press) and the children's nonfiction books: American History Math (Scholastic), History Comes Alive: The American Revolution (Scholastic), and Quick Math Guide (Sterling). She served as editorial director at Golden Books Family Entertainment, and she has taught at the Institute of Children's Literature. She holds a BA from NYU.
Kody Keplinger Kody Keplinger is the author of the young adult novels The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), Shut Out, Secrets and Lies, and A Midsummer’s Nightmare (all Little Brown Books for Young Readers), and the middle-grade novel The Swift Boys & Me (Scholastic). She has published fiction in Young Adult Review Net, and nonfiction in YA Highway, and Poptimal.
Erik Kraft is the author of the chapter book series Lenny and Mel (Simon & Schuster), the picture book Chocolatina (Bridgewater Books), and the middle grade novel Miracle Wimp (Little, Brown). He has taught at Columbia University and Grub Street Writers in Boston. He holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts and an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College.
Michael Leviton is the author of the children's picture book My First Ghost (Hyperion). He has published numerous illustrated paperbacks for Scholastic's READ 180 Literacy Program, and has worked as a celebrity picture book ghostwriter at HarperCollins, and as a screenwriter at RKO Pictures. He guest-lectures at the Parsons Pre-College Academy. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University. Also Teaches:  Creative Writing 101   Fiction Writing   Take Away   Unbound: Creative Writing  
Carolyn MacCullough is the author of the young adult novels, Falling Through Darkness (Roaring Book Press), one of the New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age, Stealing Henry (Roaring Brook Press), and Drawing the Ocean. She also teaches at the New School. She holds a BA from Grinnell College and an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. Also Teaches:  Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing  
Margaret Meacham has published fifteen novels for children, including Oyster Moon  and The Secret of Heron Creek (both Tidewater), Quiet! You're InvisibleA Mid-Semester Night's Dream, and A Fairy's Guide to Understanding Humans (all Holiday House), The Ghosts of Laurelford  (Sunbury), and an adult novel The Survival of Sarah Landing  (Sunbury). She has published articles and short stories in Library Journal, Country Magazine, Successful Student Magazine, Maryland Magazine, Highlights for Children, Baltimore Magazine, and the Baltimore Sun. She has taught at Goucher College and Towson University. She holds a BA from Trinity College and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Maryland.
Alexander Steele is the president at Gotham Writers' Workshop. He is the editor of Writing Fiction, Fiction Gallery, and Writing Movies (all Bloomsbury USA). He is the author of numerous children's books, including titles in the Wishbone series (Lyrick Publishing) and the Hardy Boys series (Pocket Books). His plays include One Glorious Afternoon, Lightning and Frenzy, and King of Ragtime, and he scripted the documentary World War II: It Happened in Color. He holds a BA from Vanderbilt University. Also Teaches:  Article Writing   Business Writing   Character Development   Screenwriting   TV Writing  
Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen is the award-winning author of several picture books, including the Elizabeti's Doll series (Lee & Low) and A Small Brown Dog with a Wet Pink Nose (Little Brown).She is also the author of the young adult novel The Compound. She teaches at the Whidbey Island Writer's Workshop, in addition to conducting workshops for children and adults around the country. She holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and an MFA in Writing from Spalding University.
Marissa Walsh is a literary agent with Fine Print Literary Management and has served as an editor at Random House. She is the author of the YA novel A Field Guide to High School (Delacorte Press), and the memoir Girl with Glasses (Simon and Schuster). She is the co-author of the nonfiction book Tipsy in Madras (Penguin) and editor of the anthologies Not Like I'm Jealous or Anything (Delacorte Press) and Does this Book Make Me Look Fat? (Clarion Books). She holds a BA from Smith College.

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